Power Steering Return Hose May Leak at Radiator Cooler Fitting on Mercedes-Benz ML320

The power steering return hose may leak at the radiator cooler fitting. If the clamp is not properly tightened, the hose can blow off, causing increased steering effort and a mess under the hood.

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Average mileage: 145,662 (45,000–215,000)
6 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002, 2003
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power steering leak. i found a recall on power steering leak, recall # 08v465000 power steering hose connection recall MB
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 92,000 mi,
always have to put power steering flued
1998 Mercedes-Benz ML320 166,600 mi,
I'm loosing power steering fluid and I did an inspection and found a small hole in the radiator and power steering fluid was coming out of that hole
2000 Mercedes-Benz ML320 130,000 mi,
I have the same problem with my 2000 ML320 Power Steering leaks all the time. I have to carry a bottle of fluid with me at all times but know one can seem to find where the leak is coming from.
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 215,000 mi,
When making a turn very hard to do with plenty of fluid
2003 Mercedes-Benz ML320 186,000 mi,
hose old and worn, hose clamp caused hose to rip
The problem has gotten increasingly worse, we have to keep bottle of power steering fluid in the car with us at all times because of how fast it leaks out, I did not realize other people was having this problem Joy
1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320 167,000 mi,
same problem
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 133,000 mi,
exact same issue with power steering return hose
it happened twice, first when it was around 45000 miles, second time it happened when it was 62000 miles
2001 Mercedes-Benz ML320 98,000 mi,
Transmission cooler line leaking at radiator causing fluid to be sucked into air box.